2139: Email Settings
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The comic shows some email settings with a few less than helpful options.
Default Reply Behavior: Normal reply behavior would be to reply to the person who sent the original email. Reply all is a potentially annoying option to send your reply to all other recipients of the original email. Forward to address book takes this one step further by sending your reply to every person who is in your address book, whether they received the original email or not.
Vacation Autoresponder: This is a message that is automatically sent out in reply to an email to let them know that you are away and won't be replying until you return. While on vacation is the usual behavior, but since email systems typically have no way of knowing that you're on vacation other than this setting itself, it won't be able to comply Always is a less useful option.
Reply to all newsletters with "thank you for the newsletter!": This option is completely unnecessary, in that newsletters are usually automated and shotgunned out to thousand of addresses at once, often with a do-not-reply from address.
Attachment limit: These attachment limits are all pretty small, with 300 kilobytes being fairly useless for anything, 1.4 megabytes being the size of an old floppy disk, and 5 megabytes, while better, is smaller than most high resolution cell phone camera pictures. It being in beta means that it might not be as dependable. However, setting the maximum attachment size would likely not be a user setting; it would be a setting the email system enforces on the user. There would be no purpose in having the user set this themselves.
Default email format: plain text is self explanatory; plain text with no special formatting options. HTML means that it can have markup to allow for bold text, colors, etc. CSS is in reference to cascading style sheets, which is a styling option often combined with HTML, but useless on it's own.
Reply to HTML emails with "Whoa, buddy, what's all this code?": HTML email is a format for sending email with rich-text contents, which may include images and links. If your email client isn't configured for HTML, the content may look like text interspersed with a bunch of weird code. Since HTML email is a common format, replying this way to every HTML email you receive can be an effective way to annoy people. This may be a "throwback" option: a few years ago, email systems didn't always recognize HTML emails, so if you sent an HTML email you might very well receive this kind of reply.
Character set: ASCII is the character group containing all of the letters in the English alphabet, as well as the digits and common symbols. The Non-ASCII set contains all of the non-English alphabets and the rest of they (lesser used) symbols. Lacking the ASCII characters however, would make the second option useless for most European languages.
Smart autocomplete: Some email platforms, including Gmail, have the ability to use machine learning to suggest possible, usually short reply options for you to choose from. If the original email asks if you want to go to dinner, the auto-complete replies might be, "Yes", "No", "How about Friday?" and then you could choose one, or type your own reply. The third option to automatically respond to all emails with suggested reply is putting a lot of faith in the computer, and is likely to backfire quickly.
Important emails: Showing important emails is the expected behavior, and hiding them would be a very strange thing to want to do.
Show unread email count...: Seeing your unread email count is normal behavior, and a good way to see what a failure you are at reading your email. A projected unread email count based on when the system expects you to die, and how well you do at reading your email on a day to day basis is probably going to be depressing.
Signature: A signature is a bit of canned text that gets added to the end of an email, often containing your name, and sometimes a bit of other information like a title and other contact information. Having the choices being None and "That's my email. Hope you liked it!" is less useful.
The title text also references HTML email, in which greater than and less than symbols are used to show the opening and closing tags of elements. "href" is a common attribute in HTML elements denoting the location a hyperlink will take you to upon being clicked.
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- EMAIL SETTINGS
- [A list of controls with radio buttons and checkboxes]
- Default reply behavior
- ( ) Reply
- ( ) Reply All
- (*) Forward to address book
- Vacation autoresponder
- (*) While on vacation
- ( ) Always
- [x]Reply to all newsletters with "Thank you for the newsletter!"
- Attachment limit
- ( ) 300 KB
- (*) 1.4 MB
- ( ) 5 MB (Beta)
- Default email format
- (*) Plain text
- ( ) HTML
- ( ) CSS
- [x]Reply to HTML emails with "Whoa, buddy, what's all this code?"
- Character set
- ( ) ASCII (Unicode 0-127 only)
- (*) Non-ASCII (Unicode 128+ only)
- Smart autocomplete
- ( ) Do not suggest replies
- ( ) Suggest replies
- (*) Automatically respond to all emails with suggested reply
- Important emails
- (*) Show
- ( ) Hide
- Show unread email count...
- (*) Now
- ( ) On my projected day of death
- (*) "That's my email. Hope you liked it!"
- ( ) None
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